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The true process of English policy
The Libel of English Policy, the ‘B’ Text, 1st version — in couplets, with a Prologue of seven stanzas rhyme royal and Envoy of fifteen lines. For the ‘A’ Text, see 5508; for the ‘B’ Text, 2nd version, see 5510.
Title(s): The Libel of English Policy
Subjects: advice, to magistrates; envoys; political verse; merchants; prologues
Versification: — two-line, seven-line — aa, ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), ff. 173-193
First Lines:
The trew processe of Engelond pollecye
Of Owteward to kepe this Realme in reste …
Last Lines:
…I offre the them to be gracious
To thyne excuse fare well myn owne trete
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prologe of the processe of te bible of Englishe Polycy exortyng alle Engelond to kepe the See environ and namely the narowe See shewynge what profite cometh therof and also what worship and saluacion to Engelond (f. 173); Explicit libellus de polecia (at the end)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 40673 [olim Wrest Park], ff. 3-16v
First Lines:
The trew processe of englishe polecy
of onteward to kepe the Raune in Reste…
Last Lines:
…I offer the them to be gracious
To thyn excuse fare wele myn own tretice
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vitellius E.X, ff. 192-207
First Lines:
[T]he trew process of englisch polecy
Of outward to kepe the Reame in Rest…
Last Lines:
…chop erle and ba…
…high wittis l…
…examyn the…
…offer theym…
…thyn expe…
Note: Damaged by fire. Space left for enlarged capital ‘T’, which was left blank. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Attributed Title: …the prologue of the bible of…polyce eportinge all englond to kepe the see and namely the narow see shewyng what profite comyth therof and also wurschip and saluacion to englande (f. 184)
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 125-140
First Lines:
The trewe processe of Englisshe pollecye Of vtterwarde to kepe this Realme in rest…
Last Lines:
…I offre the them to be gracious To thyne excuse fare well myne owne tretee
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the Prologe of the Processe of the bible of Englissh[e] policy exortyng alle Englond to kepe the See environ & namely the narrowe See shewyng what profite cometh therof and also what worship and saluacion to Englond (f. 125); Thus endeth the trewe pollecye of the bible of Englissh pollecye exortyng alle Englond to kepe the See enviroun and namely the narowe See (f. 139v); Explicit libellus de polecia Conseruatiua Maris (f. 140)